The definition of a van is a closed truck that carries people, animals or things.(noun)
An example of a van is the vehicle used to pick up riders at an airport.
See van in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: abbrev. < vanguard
Origin: ME vanne < MFr van < L vannus, van, fan
Origin: contr. < caravan
Origin: Du; akin to Ger von
See van in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Short for caravan.
Origin: Short for vanguard.
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English fann
Origin: and Old French van
Origin: , both from Latin vannus; see wet-1 in Indo-European roots.
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